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Angela Macci Bires, Ed.D., M.P.M., R.T.(N), CNMT
Program Director, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Professor, Nuclear Medicine Technology

412-397-5410 phone
412-397-3977 fax
Scaife 107


As the Radiation Safety Officer for Robert Morris University, I am responsible for maintaining all records, documentation and conditions of the nuclear regulatory license as well as the state license for radioactive materials. I have been a Radiation Safety Officer since 1989. I believe that my on-going leadership can be evidenced by my active participation in both the local and national nuclear medicine professional societies. I have written and presented locally and nationally. I have held many positions, elected as well as appointed, within the local chapter and national levels. As a member of the Educational Task Force committee for the National Society of Nuclear Medicine, I was involved in the preparation, consulting and writing of the entry level Baccalaureate degree proposal for all nuclear medicine programs.

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Lynda Davidson, Ph.D., RN
Professor of Nursing

412-397-6885 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 117

In my role teaching online students, I use technology to provide a personal connection to me and the rest of the class. The objective is to be sure students know more than a name on the roster and that their individual progress is important to me.

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Terri L. Devereaux, Ph.D., MPM, FNP-BC
Director, DNP Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing

412-397-5440 phone
412-397-3977 fax
Scaife 113


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Nadine Cozzo Englert, Ph.D., MSN, RN 
Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Interim Department Head, Department of Health Sciences
Professor of Nursing

412-397-6805 phone
412-397-3277 Fax
Scaife Hall 103


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Diane Frndak, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration

412-397-5481 phone
Scaife Hall 132


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Stephen Foreman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing

412-397-4078 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 119

I am the only member of the Nursing Department who is not a nurse.

I was elected to the University of California Berkeley Student Senate at age 44.

In 1965 I won my high school science fair by building a computer from telephone relay switches. It didn’t work very well but the judges had never seen a computer so they all voted for my project.

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Betsy Guimond, Ph.D., WHNP-BC 
Assistant Professor of Nursing

412-397-6806 phone
Scaife 137     

In keeping with RMU core values, I believe in meeting the students where they are, whether that means that they need additional tutoring or an empathetic ear. I believe it is my responsibility to be present when students come to me with problems or challenges and help them develop a plan to be successful in their studies and in life.

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Holly Hampe, D.Sc.
Program Director, Health Services Administration
Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration

412-397-5483 phone
Scaife Hall 118

My name is Dr. Holly M. Hampe. I have over twenty-five years of healthcare experience, with an extensive background in patient safety, quality, risk management and regulatory affairs. As the Program Director and Associate Professor in the Health Service Administration (HSAM) program in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS), I am intimately involved in the execution of the program and will provide personal assistance to the HSAM students throughout their academic years.

My educational background includes a Doctoral of Science degree from RMU School of Information Systems and Communications, RN diploma, BSN, Masters Health Administration and Masters Risk Management. In addition, I hold the following certifications: Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Patient Safety Officer (CPSO) and Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).

As a registered nurse, my work experience included hospital and home care opportunities, along with insurance healthcare cost containment products. My hospital administration experience included administration, nursing administration, quality, risk management, patient safety and regulatory affairs. In addition, I had experience with a group purchasing organization in the development of the organization's quality and patient safety program as the National Director of Quality.  Most recently, I was the Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Besides my academic appointment, I currently serve as a national regulatory affairs consultant for hospital and home health organizations.

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Jillian Harrington, EdD, CCS, CPC, MHP
Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration

 412-397-6332 phone
 412-397-3277 fax 
 Scaife 140     

In my over 25 years in healthcare, I’ve had the opportunity to work with nearly every aspect of the industry.  Specializing in regulatory compliance, reimbursement/finance, and health information management, I enjoy sharing details of my experiences in the industry with our students.

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Susan Hellier, Ph.D., DNP, FNP-BC, CNE
Professor of Nursing

412-397-5245 phone
Scaife 125     

I will introduce students to their first of many standardized patient simulation experiences at RMU. At RMU, we utilize simulation to provide a safe environment to practice advanced skills before being placed in a clinical environment. In the advanced physical assessment course and the women’s health course, students practice the female breast and pelvic examination and the male genital-urinary examination to gain confidence prior to beginning clinical rotations.

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Valerie Howard, Ed.D., MSN, RN 
Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
University Professor of Nursing

412-397-6801 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 102


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Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC 
Professor of Nursing
Coordinator, Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Programs 

412-397-6810 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 116     

I have been an educator and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since 2000. I am proud to share that I had an integral part in developing the BSN-DNP PMHNP program at Robert Morris University which was the first BSN-DNP program approved in the state of PA by the PA State Board of Nursing. I am passionate about providing students with evidence based knowledge so that they are able to deliver excellent care to patients experiencing mental health difficulties.

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Jessie Kamerer, MSN RNC-NIC, CHSE
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Clinical Nursing
Director, Online Nursing Programs (RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN)

412-397-3542 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 132     

A passionate educator who enjoys engaging and teaching future healthcare professionals in a variety of settings – classroom, online, simulation and clinical. A nurse with over ten years of experience. Has worked in emergency care, neonatal intensive care, and maternal health.

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Suzan E. Kardong-Edgren, Ph.D., RN, ANEF, CHSE, FAAN
Director, RISE Center
Professor of Nursing

412-397-3534 phone
412-397-3277 fax
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Judith Kaufmann, Dr.PH, CRNP
Associate Professor of Nursing

412-397-5482 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 122     

My mantra (from years of Running and Teaching):

“The miracle is not that I finished but that I had the courage to begin…”

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Michalene King, Ph.D., RN 
Assistant Professor of Nursing 

412-397-3541 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 138    

I have been a nurse since 1972 and have taught nursing for 25 years. I live in Wintersville, OH and I am a faith community nurse in my parish. I conduct research on faith community nursing with a call from Walsh University in Canton, OH

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Lisa Locasto, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing 

412-397-6808 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 121     

Doctoral work in the area of Childhood Obesity. Run a program for overweight children at a private pediatric practice in Pittsburgh.

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Donna Mason, MS, CNMT, RT(N)
Coordinator, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Assistant Professor, Clinical - Nuclear Medicine Technology Program

412-397-5418 phone
412-397-3977 fax
Scaife Hall 120

My role as a facilitator is to guide and provide access to information. Students need to build their knowledge and skills. They need the opportunity to practice these skills in real world situations and allow their knowledge and skills to grow.

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Donna McDermott, Ph.D., RN, CHSE
Department Head, Nursing
Assistant Professor Nursing

412-397-6056 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 108

As an educator, my goal is to motivate, nurture, and promote critical thinking and self-reflection in my students while preparing them for their professional roles. Because learning is such a personal experience, assessing learners and establishing clear learning objectives before developing any educational strategy is essential. I believe that learning is a lifelong process; therefore, my ultimate goal is to ignite that spark for learning in my students.

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Joyce Ott, DNP, RN 
Assistant Professor of Nursing

412-397-6811 phone
Scaife Hall 114


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Katrina Pyo, Ph.D., RN, CCRN
Director, BSN Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing

412-397-6812 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 115


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Denise Ramponi, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP 
Coordinator, DNP Simulation         
Associate Professor of Nursing

412-397-6244 phone
Scaife Hall 113

I enjoy teaching complex topics and presenting it in an easily understandable manner. Knowledge plus skills equals confidence.

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Margaret Rateau, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing

412-397-6055 phone
Scaife Hall 130

The RMU core value of “individual matters” resonates strongly with my personal and professional philosophy. We are all unique individuals who work toward the common goal of expanding knowledge in order to make meaningful contributions to our professions and society-at-large. I remain committed to considering the individuality of those I encounter in order to make the teaching- learning environment both valuable and profound.

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Luann Richardson, Ph.D., FNP, GNP, PMHNP, FAANP
Associate Professor of Nursing

412-397-3543 phone
412-397-3977 fax
Scaife Hall 140

I have wanted to be a nurse since I have been a young child. Other than my family and faith, little brings me more joy than taking care of my parents, exploring novel ideas in healthcare, and seeing students grow in character and advance their nursing careers.

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Carl Ross, Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP 
Coordinator, Nicaragua Programs 
University Professor of Nursing

412-397-6809 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 129     

I hold national certification as both a nurse educator and advanced practice nurse, as a family nurse practitioner. These certifications allow me to educate nursing students with both evidence based education and practice. I also provide our students with the opportunity to obtain a global perspective on healthcare through our Nicaragua and China study abroad programs. As a nurse educator, individuals matter to me, as the coordinator for the “Test for Success” program I am able to assist students with their academic success.

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Janice Sarasnick, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CHSOS
Assistant Professor of Nursing

412-397-5299 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife 178     

What makes my position unique is that as the dedicated simulation faculty, I assure engaged learning is occurring using best evidence-based practices and help expose students to a variety of cultures, experiences, and growth opportunities. Objectives may guide the classroom experience; however simulation helps the experience come to life.

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Janene Szpak, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing

412-397-5246 phone
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 124


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William Wentling II, D.Sc., MS, RT(R)(N), CNMT 
Assistant Professor, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Clinical Coordinator

412-397-5486 phone
Scaife Hall 126

Despite my love for the outdoors, I chose a profession that surrounds you with rooms encased in lead and concrete. Hence my elation at receiving an office with a window in the new building.

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